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Sweeter than honey

In the world that most of us are a part of, we’re blessed with an abundance of food.  We’re grateful for that and we’d be fools not to enjoy it.  And while arguably some of us suffer from “over gratitude” in this area, we wouldn’t think for a moment of simply ignoring our blessedness and starving ourselves.  What kind of sense would that make?  We also have nice clothes to wear that keep us comfortable and warm.  This too is something we take advantage of and we wouldn’t think of living any other way.  And the same thing is true for the houses we live in, the cars we drive, and right on down the list of things we have.  We correctly view all of these as blessings from God who gives them to “enjoy” (Paul’s word in 1 Timothy 6:17).


And in our Bibles, we’re blessed with a clear word from God.  We don’t have to live at the mercy of our impulses.  We don’t have to wonder about questions of basic morality.  We’re told who we are, where we came from, where we’re going, and why we’re here.  We don’t have to be driven by our culture’s trends, fashions, and flavors as if there was nothing more transcendent than whatever a given people, in a given place and time have chosen to make popular.  Thank God for that! 


And then there’s the comfort the Scriptures give us as it tells of our Father’s love, the life after this life, and gives us inspiring examples of people who have lived with hope and courage in the face of overwhelming adversity.  If all of that is so, and we believe it to be, then why do so many of us choose to live without the blessing of our Bibles?  Why do we just ignore this great blessing from God?  Why do we choose to live in darkness over light, ignorance over enlightenment, to be culturally driven rather than Spirit-driven?


God doesn’t call us all to be Bible scholars or exegetes of Scripture.  But He does call us to read, study, and to think.  And if we believe half of what it says in Psalm 19 or Psalm 119 about God’s word (and I think we do), we would have our heads buried in the book.      


How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103).
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